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Podcast: Ayesha Jalal, Part II - What Would Manto Say?

Historian Ayesha Jalal with Iqbal Hussain's painting of two ladies of the night in Lahore (cover art on a Penguin Classics edition of Manto's stories).
Arts

Ayesha Jalal revisits the work of Manto (1912-1955), one of Pakistan's greatest writers, and finds it almost disturbingly relevant today.

Vietnam Tries to Put Anti-China Genie Back Into the Bottle

Vietnamese protesters shout anti-China slogans at a rally in central Hanoi on Aug. 14, 2011. About 100 people took to Hanoi's streets to protest against Beijing's territorial ambitions in the South China Sea. (Hoang Dinh Nam/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

On Sunday, the Vietnamese government rounded up and jailed dozens of demonstrators in Hanoi, trying to end a summer of weekly anti-China rallies related to the Spratly Island disputes.

Naoto Kan's Resignation Leaves Japan in Leadership Vacuum

Former Japanese foreign minister Seiji Maehara declared his candidacy at the National Diet in Tokyo on Aug. 23, 2011 to replace Naoto Kan as prime minister next week. (Jiji Press/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

Naoto Kan's resignation will bring Japan its sixth Prime Minister in five years. 

'Savvy Strategist' Anna Hazare and India's Fed-Up Middle Class

Indian activist Anna Hazare gestures to his supporters during his anti-corruption hunger strike in New Delhi on Aug. 21, 2011. (Sajjad Hussain/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

Will the Gandhian activist succeed in creating a politically engaged middle class?

Podcast: Ayesha Jalal on Pakistan's 'Revenge of the '40s, Then the '80s'

Pakistani historian Ayesha Jalal in Lahore, Summer 2011.
Policy

For historian Ayesha Jalal, Pakistan's present woes are inseparable from the trauma of its birth. 

Podcast: Adil Omar: 'Paki Rambo,' Dropping Beats in Islamabad

Islamabad rapper Adil Omar.
Policy

An Islamabad rapper sees himself as representing the lighter side of Pakistan.

A New Model for Clean Water in the 21st Century

Municipal water and sewer bond issuance in the United States, 2008-11. (Source: Thomson Municipal Market Monitor)
Sustainability

The latest turmoil in global stock markets following Standard & Poor’s decision to downgrade its rating of the United States government has led many to fear another serious economic downturn. We asked our Sustainability Roundtable: what hope is there for global cooperation on sustainability issues like food security, energy policy and climate change in a renewed economic crisis? Is it possible for any of these issues to play an important part of international policy discussions?

Podcast: Alia Amirali: Change Agent in a Stuck Society

Alia Amirali, General Secretary of the Student Federation in the Punjab.
Policy

Against all odds, Alia Amirali is determined to revitalize Pakistan's political left.

Shishkin: Kyrgyzstan's Presidential Election a 'Wild Democratic Experiment'

Supporters of the Kyrgyz Byutun party protest against the results of the Parliamentary elections in Bishkek on October 18, 2010. (Vyacheslav Oseledko/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

Bernard Schwartz Fellow Philip Shishkin discusses Kyrgyzstan's democratic experiment and its chances for success.

A Global 'Green' New Deal Still Within Reach

(United Nations Photo/Flickr)
Sustainability

The latest turmoil in global stock markets following Standard & Poor’s decision to downgrade its rating of the United States government has led many to fear another serious economic downturn. We asked our Sustainability Roundtable to discuss what hopes might exist for global cooperation on sustainability issues like food security, energy policy, and climate change amid a renewed economic crisis. Is it possible for any of these issues to play an important part of international policy discussions?